Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Baking Chez Moi - Granola Energy Bars


I'm glad I made these Granola Energy Bars and our second recipe for January, Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake, a few weeks ago, or this post may have fallen by the wayside...

Last week was irritating to say the least, with flooding in my bedroom, a backed up kitchen sink, and Trapper battling yet another health issue. Things settled down by Friday, and I had a great time photographing a Tuscan Peasant cooking class taught by cookbook author Pamela Sheldon Johns on Saturday, and a relaxing, rainy Sunday editing photos and getting some things done around the house.

The original plan for this batch of granola bars was to fly FedEx to TN for the start of baseball season and long days, but that didn't happen with all the chaos. Instead, I was able to snack on a few during the week, and passed out the rest to a few friends and coworkers. I plan on making another batch this week and getting them mailed!


I've made granola bars before, but never with brown rice syrup, which is used as the binding agent in these. The remaining ingredients include old-fashioned oats, nuts and seeds of your choice, dried fruit of your choice, shredded coconut, salt, butter and vanilla extract. I used dried apricots and cherries, almonds, sunflower seeds, and pepitas.


The oats, nuts and seeds are toasted...


and mixed with the dried fruit, coconut and salt. The brown rice syrup and butter are melted, vanilla added, and then the hot mixture is poured into the bowl and mixed until the granola is evenly moistened.


The sticky granola is firmly pressed into a parchment lined pan, baked, pressed down again, allowed to cool, and cut into bars.


The bars keep well for a week, and are great with morning coffee or tea, or anytime throughout the day when you need a snack.

Tuesdays with Dorie is an online cooking group where anyone can bake along. We bake with two books – Baking with Julia and Baking Chez Moi. I am baking along with the Baking Chez Moi group, which bakes two recipes per month and posts on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. We are asked to refrain from including the actual recipe in our posts, to promote the publishing industry and encourage others to buy the cookbooks.



Two other great cookbooks by Dorie...

12 comments:

Patty Price said...

Love the bright colors of the dried fruits in your granola bars! I can't wait to bake another batch with all the inspiration for different favors from our baking group!

Zosia said...

Lovely photos and your bars are very pretty. Glad you enjoyed them.

Kayte said...

What a week you had...glad that's over! Your bars look wonderful and I like how you showed all your little containers of them in one shot so we could really see it all fast. That was fun actually. :-)

Margaret said...

Your pictures are great! And isn't this a great recipe? So flexible!

Adriana said...

I'm glad that you were able to unwind after a hectic week. Your granola bars look delicious!

Guyla Mayo said...

These granola bars really are good, aren't they? Ours are not going to last a week! Your photos look great.

Leah said...

Your bars are beautiful, as is your photography.

caramelizelife.com said...

It must just be the week, I was all to happy to make a simple recipe after my week, which sounds similar to yours. We girls arrived home(husband stayed back for work) from visiting family to a freezing house 41 degrees to be exact and no hot water. We found out our boiler died which is our radient heat, and hot water. To top it off we had two gas leaks due to the boiler! Oh, and jury duty. Cheers to you and to better weeks ahead!

Kathy said...

Your photos are gorgeous, as are your delicious looking granola bars! Love how all the colors of the fruit came through! These were a big hit in my house!

Cathleen | My Culinary Mission said...

That first photo is gorgeous. Good to know that they keep well, if ever that was to happen.. Ours were gone in a few short days.

Meagan | baking in bawlmer said...

Bars for breakfast...what a great idea. I know what is on the menu for tomorrow morning at my house

Golden Life PHX said...

Your bars looked great. I'm sure the second batch will be much appreciated.